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The Fatal Error

Created: 27 August 2006 / 4 Elul 5766

Initially posted: 20 October 2006 / 28 Tishrei 5767

Update: 5 January 2009 / 10 Tevet 5769

James 5:19-20 "Brethren, if any of you do err from the Truth, and one convert him; let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from Death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."

In computer language, a "fatal error" occurs when "an illegal instruction has been attempted, invalid data or code has been accessed, or when the privilege level of an operation is invalid." If you are working on something important it is quite distressing to receive this error message, because it can cause your program to abort and your data may be lost, unless of course you have a "back-up."

I once experienced this "fatal error" in 1993, while writing my Testimony of Walking With The Enemy. It was so unsettling when those words flashed across my computer screen, but to my great relief a computer tech from Gateway was able to help me get back on line. Interestingly, the chapter I had been working on was entitled, There is Still Time.

All of this can also apply to spiritual matters, but the dire consequences of being rejected by God and denied access to the Kingdom of Heaven, is a much more serious matter indeed--regardless of the reason. And those who are "lost" can never be recovered after "The Final Judgment."

In our Day, one of the most alarming "fatal errors" of all involves the popular belief that Jesus will return and take the "Church" up to Heaven for a seven year celebration, while the "remnant" is left to suffer under the reign of the anti-Christ as they go through "The Great Tribulation."

"The Marriage Supper of the Lamb," as spoken of in Revelation 19:7-9, is supposed to be an extremely joyous occasion for those who have the privilege of being invited to this grand event, but who could celebrate if you honestly believe that "the hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel," along with those who have been "left behind," would be going through "a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time?!"

There are well meaning "Christians" on the various sides of this issue, but all of us can't be right. If you are skeptical of my views, please at least hear me out, especially if you believe you will not be on this earth when the Beast of Revelation 13, "causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

The "church world" associates the Coming of the LORD, with the term rapture--a word that is not even in the Holy Scriptures! And when you consider the following definition of "rapture theory," in comparison with what is going on in many of the churches, it would seem that many "Christians" have already been "raptured," but not by God's Spirit.

Rapture: State of being transported by a lofty (pompous, arrogant, haughty) emotion; ecstasy. (Ecstasy: 1. Intense joy or delight. 2. A state of emotion so intense that one is carried beyond rational thought and self-control: an ecstasy of rage. 3. The trance, frenzy, or rapture associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation.)

Theory: 1. Abstract reasoning: conjecture, speculation. 2. A belief used as the basis for action: hypothesis. 3. Something taken to be true without proof: assumption. 4. An assumption based on limited information or knowledge; a conjecture.

All who teach the "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" have to dismiss, confuse, or just outright misrepresent the teachings of Jesus. I hope you will seriously consider the following dialogue between Jesus and His disciples from Matthew 24, along with my commentary; and if you hold to the view that this key passage applies only to Israel, and not the "Church," realize, that is a "teaching" based on the "doctrine of men" and not God!

Matthew 24:1-2 "And Jesus went out, and departed from the Temple: and His disciples came to Him for to shew Him the buildings of the Temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."

Jesus "openly" spoke about the coming destruction of that "Holy Site," and His prophetic words came to pass in 70 AD when the Temple in Jerusalem was completely destroyed, just as the LORD said it would be.

Matthew 24:3 "And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the Sign of Thy coming, and of the End of the world?"

During this "private" discussion Jesus does not discourage the disciples' questions about the coming destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, nor does He berate them for asking Him about the "sign of His coming," and the end of the world, when God will finally destroy the Wicked.

Jesus then proceeds to prepare His disciples for what to expect after He has departed, and also explains what condition the world will be in prior to His return for the "Final Judgment."

Matthew 24:4-5 "And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."

Jesus was warning His disciples that there would be a Time marked by such great deception, that even the "very elect," would be taken in by false prophets and teachers. In other words, God was saying that in the Final Days, due to the pervasiveness of sin and wickedness during the "Great Apostasy," that even His people who truly love Him could fall under the power and influence of the Devil himself!

Throughout the ages, there are many who claimed to be the Messiah--among Jews and Gentiles, alike. In this current Age, one such "man" who actually claimed to be "Christ," was David Koresh of Waco, Texas; and even though he was removed from this earth on 19 April 1993, his "spirit" still lives on in the hearts of some deceived and wicked men.

Matthew 24:6 "And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet."

All you have to do is look at a List of Wars on the Internet to see the enormous amount of evidence that Jesus' prophecy is coming to pass. And even though things in this world may look pretty bleak right now, we must remember that the darkest hour is just before dawn.

Matthew 24:7-8 "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows."

These "signs" have been happening for awhile now, and are increasing in intensity as God has said. Look at the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake, which brought about the devastating tsunami; and Hurricane Katrina, which totally washed away many things in its path on 29 August 2005.

Matthew 24:9-10 "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."

The consequences of being wrong on this crucial issue of the "Rapture" is an extremely serious matter indeed, especially when you consider that people are actually beheaded for their faith in this Day and Age.

Moreover, people are being forced to convert to the religion of Islam under the threat of death, as was with the hostages from Fox News, who were released by their captors on this day of 27 August 2006.

That incident should be a wake up call to all those who are asleep in these Final Days, but I fear that the "sleeping giant" will just roll over, and say we have nothing to worry about--we will be "raptured" soon.

It is becoming increasingly evident that there is a growing hatred and discontentment among the people of this world. God has said that those who are blindly committed to a false religion and love their sin will despise those who love Him and His Word. And this trend will not go away--it will only get worse as the End draws near, just as Jesus said.

What's so bizarre, is that the very reason why Israel is so persecuted and hated by so many, is because they are the Chosen Nation through whom the true Messiah came into this world; and yet, as a people they continue to reject Jesus Christ--the very One who will save them from their enemies. But that too, has been foretold in the Holy Scriptures.

Revelation 12:12-17 "Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the Devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

And when the Dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman (Israel) which brought forth the man child. (Yeshua HaMashiach, the LORD Jesus Christ.)

And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the Serpent.

And the Serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the Dragon cast out of his mouth.

And the Dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the Commandments of God, and have the Testimony of Jesus Christ."

Jesus was saying that God's people who truly love Him would incur the wrath of the Dragon, and history has certainly confirmed that fact. But people falsely believe that true "followers of Christ" are responsible for many of the atrocities against humanity, such as the Jewish Holocaust, and the Inquisition sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church; but they fail to see that God's Church did not initiate or acquiesce to the horrible deeds perpetrated by evil men of that day--Satan and his followers did!

Matthew 24:11 "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many."

There have been liars and deceivers in this world from the beginning, but they have become much more pervasive in our day, and for those who have "eyes to see" we are the "final generation" whereby the prophecies as given by the LORD Jesus Christ are coming to pass.

Matthew 24:32-35 "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away."

God's Word will remain forever, and I hope you will seriously consider whether you have been believing the words of men or the Word of God. There are so many "professing Christians" teaching things about Jesus that are against the very precepts of God's Word, "Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake." Titus 1:11

The current wave of false teachers and preachers in the Church world that are popular in this generation, are "Pastor" Rick Warren, of the Purpose-Driven Church; Coach Bill McCartney, of the Promise Keepers; Mel Gibson, creator of "The Passion of the christ," Paul Crouch of TBN, Pat Robertson of CBN, and Benny Hinn--all major conduits through which the Devil has been working, and they claim to be "Christians!"

Moreover, I contend that the "Charismatic/Word of Faith movement," whose tentacles has reached its way into so many different churches--even  the once trusted Southern and Independent Baptist Churches--is why Satan is able to deceive the multitudes on such a grand scale.

Matthew 24:12 "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."

No matter what others may say, or how they try to re-write history, the US was founded upon the Word of God, and Christian principles, but I don't see God's love flourishing in our midst. Sin, selfishness, and the wicked ways of Satan are abounding, even among God's people!"

Sin has been left unchecked for so long, and is not soundly renounced or condemned by modern-day religious leaders or preachers, which has resulted in the proliferation of "iniquity" in this "land of liberty." And this travesty has enabled, and even encouraged, the infiltration of false teachers and unrepentant "sinners" into the "body of Christ."

Satan is fully intent on destroying God's creation any way that he can, and his "angel's of light" are hard at work, but people just can't see it because they are blinded by their sin. And since the Devil has added a very sinister dimension to the mix, things are getting out of control.

Matthew 24:13 "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."

It may seem that Satan is winning this war against God and His people, but always remember, "that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose," and the "Great Tribulation" may actually be a blessing in disguise for those who are headed in the wrong direction.

Matthew 24:14 "And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall The End come."

As long as God keeps the "door" open, Satan will not be able to prevent the Gospel from being proclaimed throughout the world so that all Nations can have the opportunity to know the LORD, which is why the Wicked One and his evil "workers of iniquity" must use the Gospel, albeit perverted, to lure God's people away from the Truth.

With the advent of the World Wide Web, people all over the world can readily hear the message of Eternal Salvation, but realize the Internet is also a major tool used by the Devil to carry out his evil deeds.

Satan tried so hard to lead me away from God and into the Darkness, but the LORD never left me; and in spite of what the Enemy intended, God has given me a Prophecy to share with those who will receive it.

The Prophesy of 28 February 1993

"Many things you have been taught here has been done in secrecy and in Darkness. You have been taught truth mixed with lies, and the LORD says it will go on no longer! And you, ("Pastor"--) is the one who has taught the lies, and the LORD says it will go on no longer in this home.

The LORD is giving you a chance to turn from your sin, and He is so forgiving that He will not hold your sin against you if you repent. And if you do not you will die!

He is my Husband, and I love Him with a love that cannot be broken. I love you too, but with a brotherly love. And I beg you to repent!

Everything you have learned here has been tainted with evil, and you cannot hold on to any of it. The only thing that you can hold on to is the fact that Jesus Christ died for you, and by His mighty power, God raised Him from the dead.

If you believe that in your heart, and claim Him as LORD, He will put the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead inside of you, to lead you and guide you into the Truth!

Light will overshadow Darkness, and Darkness will not be able to stand in the presence of God!"

End of Prophecy

Jesus Christ was sent to be our example, and we should do what He did when He walked this earth; and so should all who love and serve the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; whether they be Jew or Gentile.

One day all Israel will be "saved," and when they recognize the Messiah, I hope I Am here to see it. But if we are to actually believe what the "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" teachers say, Christians will not even be here!

I have been studying and praying about this issue for some time now, and due to the serious consequences for those who have been led to believe the lies about the "End Times," I would like to refute some of the opinions of others to show why I have come to the conclusions I have.

Paul Becker, is a staunch supporter of the "Pre-Tribulation Rapture," and he has even translated his own version of the Bible, but he makes some of the same serious mistakes as others who believe as he does.

Consider what Mr. Becker has to say about this very important topic: "Are we harping on this? Are we drumming it too much? Well, satan does not want Christians to be assured of this Gospel, so he continually sends around his false prophets detracting from, and refuting this Gospel. Even today as I was preparing these three studies, there was another e-mail from a person who doesn't believe in 'pre-trib' ...exhorting me to 'be a berean' and read a certain book by so-n-so. Those kinds of gnats I swat away from my face, and continue harping-n-drumming at you.

As Paul says, to be repeating things all the time is no trouble to do, and for you 'it is safe' (Php 3:1) If satan sends these messengers to me, he certainly is to you as well. So, I will keep reminding you all of them."

Becker under-estimates Satan's power, and he shows great disrespect for those who belong to God. For him to call someone a "false prophet" sent by Satan, and a "gnat he swats away from his face" just because they disagree with his "rapture view," causes me to be skeptical of him.

He should welcome Godly admonition to be "biblical" in his approach to this highly controversial subject, but he outright rejects it! He is usually very defensive when people disagree in other areas too. His attitude is: Ask me any question and I may answer, but don't question my answers.

Of course there is nothing wrong with being dogmatic and immovable in areas where God has fully established the Truth in our hearts, but we should be open to honest dialogue, especially with fellow believers. Moreover, Becker should be willing to prayerfully change his views if it can be proven from God's Word that he has believed a lie.

Paul Becker seems to be a sincere believer, but as I continue to read his responses to those who disagree with him, especially regarding the "Rapture," I see that he is listening to the "spirit of error."

I don't judge his heart--that is only for God to do, but he really needs to bow before the LORD so he can find out what sin and evil influence is in his life. And I Am sure his love for "Star Wars" has a blinding effect.

Here's more of Becker's views on the Rapture: "But, at the present time there is a restraint against Satan's full onslaught. The same One Who, "convict[s] the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment" (Jn 16:8) as God said, "My Spirit shall not always strive with man.." (Gen 6:3) It is "He Who now restrains." (2 Ths 2:7) But then He, along with the Church He indwells (Rom 8:9), will be "taken out of the way." (2 Ths 2:7) "For those willing to accept it, these (2 Ths 2:7-8, Dan 9:27) are the most clear Scripture passages indicating the "pre-Trib" Rapture of the Church."

I Am not willing to accept it! Becker's opinions are based on conjecture and pure speculation, and those passages are not as clear as he claims. Consider them for yourself and see if they are so easily understood.

2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:”

Daniel 9:27 “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

Those verses require prayerful study, and are not as plain as Becker claims. Consider this from Daniel 12 and 1 Thessalonians 4, which gives a more realistic depiction of what will happen in the "Final Days."

Daniel 12:1-4a "And at that Time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of Thy people: and there shall be a Time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that Time Thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in The Book.

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting Life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the Book, even to the Time of the End..."

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17   "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the LORD, that we which are alive and remain unto the Coming of the LORD shall not prevent (or precede) them which are asleep.

For the LORD Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the LORD in the air: and so shall we ever be with the LORD." Amen!

Those passages clearly contradict what the "pre-tribulation" advocates teach about the Coming of the LORD, and the Resurrection. And they have to totally disregard the Word of God that proves them wrong in order to make their theory fit with what they believe and say.

I Am certain Christians will be on this earth at the "Time of the end," and one day that Truth will be very evident for all to see.  Moreover, it is becoming more obvious as to who is listening to God, and who is not.

Consider my last dialogue with this man who claims to be a Christian, yet has rejected a very committed servant of the LORD God.


"14 January 2008 / 7 Shevat 5768

To Mr. Paul Becker of 'A Voice in the Wilderness,'

I Am not surprised by your rejection, but I Am genuinely sorry that you are so offended at me and my writings.

However, it does concern me (for your sake), that you have pretty much called me a 'demon-possessed' babbler, and accused me of being 'dedicated to false doctrine;' all of which proves to me that you are believing and espousing lies. I know who I Am dedicated to, and I know what 'Spirit' lives inside of me, and it certainly is not an 'evil spirit.'

But you can go ahead and believe your lies--that is your choice. I just hope that you have not committed the 'unforgivable sin,' because if you have, there will be no hope for you...

So I will repeat, 'I would be VERY careful what you say about those who are opposed to your view...Mr. Becker.'

Sincerely,
C. Read

A servant of the Most High God,

and the LORD Jesus Christ!

'For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I Am not ashamed: for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that Day.' 2 Timothy 1:12 Amen!"


The Apostasy is Now!

And for those who have "eyes to see" it is quite obvious that the Devil has power to "deceive the very elect" on a grand scale, and it is just a matter of Time before it will be "given unto him [Satan] to make war with the saints, and to overcome them." (Revelation 13:7)

In the course of writing this article I made the above statement before the terribly brutal massacre of the little Amish girls on 2 October 2006; and after hearing about that horrible incident, it is even more apparent to me that the Evil One is being unrestrained, especially over those who are walking in Darkness, and ignorant of his devices.

Amish communities are to be commended for their commitment to God, and their desire to be separated from the wicked ways of this world, but some of their views about God and the Bible are terribly misguided; and they attribute many things to God that really should not be!

It was not God's will for those innocent little girls to be left unprotected and viciously murdered by that deranged man, as some of the Amish elders suggested. And the LORD God did not put that sinful desire in the heart of that wicked man who committed such an evil deed--Satan did!

This reminds me of a similar situation that took place during the reign of Antiochus IV Epiphanes--an ancient Greek ruler that was forcing God's people to reject His Laws and Covenant. A remnant had escaped to the wilderness so they would not have to comply with the king's demands, but when they were pursued and overtaken, they would not lift a hand in their defense due to their reverence for God's Word and His Sabbath, and they were ruthlessly murdered by the kings men.

I believe God was very pleased that His people honored His Sabbath, but I also see special situations in God's Word where it was acceptable to deviate from the "Letter of the Law," to keep the "Spirit of the Law.

Consider these passages from the book of Maccabees to understand why God's people were emboldened to continue the Maccabean Revolt. And even though there are those who totally discount the Apocrypha, many of these ancient writings are of great historical and spiritual value, and worthy of prayerful consideration by those with proper discernment.

I Maccabees 1:44,49 “For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, that they should follow the strange laws of the land...To the end they might forget the Law, [of the Most High God] and change all the ordinances.”

I Maccabees 2:29-41 "Then many that sought after justice and judgment went down into the wilderness, to dwell there: both they, and their children, and their wives; and their cattle; because afflictions increased sore upon them.

Now when it was told the king's [Antiochus] servants, and the host that was at Jerusalem, in the city of David, that certain men, who had broken the king's commandment, were gone down into the secret places in the wilderness, they pursued after them a great number, and having overtaken them, they camped against them, and made war against them on the Sabbath day.

And they said unto them, Let that which ye have done hitherto suffice; come forth, and do according to the commandment of the king, and ye shall live. But they said, We will not come forth, neither will we do the king's commandment, to profane the Sabbath day.

So then they gave them the battle with all speed. Howbeit they answered them not, neither cast they a stone at them, nor stopped the places where they lay hid; but said, Let us die all in our innocency: heaven and earth will testify for us, that ye put us to death wrongfully.

So they rose up against them in battle on the Sabbath, and they slew them, with their wives and children and their cattle, to the number of a thousand people.

Now when Mattathias and his friends understood hereof, they mourned for them right sore. And one of them said to another, If we all do as our brethren have done, and fight not for our lives and laws against the heathen, they will now quickly root us out of the earth. At that time therefore they decreed, saying, Whosoever shall come to make battle with us on the Sabbath day, we will fight against him; neither will we die all, as our brethren that were murdered in the secret places."

Satan hates God and His Laws, and he hates those who are striving to keep them. Satan used wicked men to try and force God's people to deny the Divine Covenants back then, and he has succeeded in getting God's people to "forget the Law, and change all the ordinances" through false teachings and traditions initiated by false "Christian" religions. But consider what Jesus taught about the Law and the Old Testament:

Matthew 5:17-18 "Think not that I Am come to destroy the Law, or the Prophets: I Am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled."

Well, heaven and earth are still here, but long ago, the Roman Church, under false pretenses, perverted God's Word by declaring that Christians no longer need to observe Sabbath on the seventh day since according to their doctrine it has been replaced with "Sunday worship."

That teaching is a direct violation of the "Ten Commandments" as given by God to Moses at Mount Sinai, and no matter how men excuse or justify why it is acceptable to change what God had written in stone, not just once, but twice, it is a blatant disregard for God's Word.

Exodus 20:8-11 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it."

Consider this from the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, published at the website of the Vatican.

"Sunday- fulfillment of the sabbath

2175 Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath.

In Christ's Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man's eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ:107

Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord's Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death.108

2176 The celebration of Sunday observes the moral commandment inscribed by nature in the human heart to render to God an outward, visible, public, and regular worship "as a sign of his universal beneficence to all."109

Sunday worship fulfills the moral command of the Old Covenant, taking up its rhythm and spirit in the weekly celebration of the Creator and Redeemer of his people. [Please note the emphasis is mine-C. Read]

107 Cf. 1 Cor 10:11.

108 St. Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Magn. 9, 1: SCh 10, 88.

109 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II 122, 4"

It would seem that the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church is that they are not obligated to observe Sabbath as defined by God because "Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath."

What is all that supposed to mean?! Such nonsense! The "spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath," is that God commanded for it to be honored, and He expects His people to obey--even Today. It is as simple as that.

Since the resurrection of Jesus took place on the first day of the week, it supposedly justifies changing the 4th Commandment, but the glorious resurrection of our Saviour is irrevocably connected to the Passover, and it is not contingent upon a certain day of the week, or the moon.

These customs originated in the Roman Catholic Church and continue to be observed Today, even by non-Catholics. Please prayerfully consider the following verses in Light of the fact that the Roman Church is the "entity" through which the Pope has changed "times and laws."

Daniel 7:25-28a "And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

But the Judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.

Hitherto is the end of the matter..."

The "Catholic Catechism" refers to 1 Corinthians 10:11 in the footnotes, but I don't see where it even substantiates their position.

1 Corinthians 10:11 "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."

I don't know what their point is, but it is a clear indictment against the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church when you read it in context. Consider these next few verses that actually condemns the idolatry that is so prevalent in this "church" whereby they lead their "faithful" followers to trust in idols, rather than worship of the true and living God.

1 Corinthians 10:12-14 "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry."

It has always been Satan’s desire to cause men to forget God and His commands, and if you have been "taken in" by his lies and deceptions whether you are a Catholic, Protestant, Baptist, or any other religion this may very well be your "way of escape." Only those who call upon the name of the LORD from a sincere and repentant heart can be saved!

[Please read "Exposé of 'Christ-mas' and the True Birth of Jesus Christ," to understand why I Am so against the Roman Catholic Church.]

Satan originally used the woman to weaken the man, and women are still being used by him to manipulate men to carry out his evil deeds! Just look at how the world idolizes "Mother" Teresa, a prominent Roman Catholic nun that obviously led a deceptive life. Since her death, her "dark secrets" were recently uncovered for public view, but they still have her on the fast tract to "sainthood" if the "Church" has their way.

Considering these statements posted at the Vatican website:

"The whole of Mother Teresa’s life and labour bore witness to the joy of loving, the greatness and dignity of every human person, the value of little things done faithfully and with love, and the surpassing worth of friendship with God. But there was another heroic side of this great woman that was revealed only after her death. Hidden from all eyes, hidden even from those closest to her, was her interior life marked by an experience of a deep, painful and abiding feeling of being separated from God, even rejected by Him, along with an ever-increasing longing for His love. She called her inner experience, “the darkness.” The “painful night” of her soul, which began around the time she started her work for the poor and continued to the end of her life, led Mother Teresa to an ever more profound union with God. Through the darkness she mystically participated in the thirst of Jesus, in His painful and burning longing for love, and she shared in the interior desolation of the poor...

Her response to Jesus’ plea, 'Come be My light,' made her a Missionary of Charity, a 'mother to the poor,' a symbol of compassion to the world, and a living witness to the thirsting love of God...

Less than two years after her death, in view of Mother Teresa’s widespread reputation of holiness and the favours being reported, Pope John Paul II permitted the opening of her Cause of Canonization."

Consider some of "mother" Teresa's own words:

  • "There are so many religions and each one has its different ways of following God. I follow Christ: Jesus is my God, Jesus is my Spouse, Jesus is my Life, Jesus is my only Love, Jesus is my All in All; Jesus is my Everything."

  • "There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic..."

  • "The other day I dreamed that I was at the gates of heaven. And St. Peter said, 'Go back to Earth. There are no slums up here.'" -- Quoted as telling Prince Michael of Greece in 1996.

  • "One day I met a lady who was dying of cancer in a most terrible condition. And I told her, I say, 'You know, this terrible pain is only the kiss of Jesus--a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you.' And she joined her hands together and said, 'Mother Teresa, please tell Jesus to stop kissing me.' [An address at the National Prayer Breakfast Sponsored by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives February 3, 1994]

It would seem that it is a virtue to walk in Darkness rather than a curse, according to documentation that was posted at the Vatican website, but I hope you will prayerfully consider what God's Word says about it.

John 12:46 "I Am come a Light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in Darkness."

1 John 1:5-6 "This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is Light, and in Him is no Darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in Darkness, we lie, and do not the Truth:"

Luke 11:34-35 "The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of Light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of Darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not Darkness."

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him."

1 Corinthians 13:3 "And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, [God's love inside of us] it profiteth me nothing."

Proverbs 4:19 "The way of the wicked is as Darkness: they know not at what they stumble."

John 3:19 "And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved Darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil."

Ephesians 5:11 "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of Darkness, but rather reprove them." [Emphasis in mine.]

Ms. Teresa's public and private life were apparently very contradictory, and sadly the very "Church" that she was so devoted to actually led her further into the Darkness and away from the "Light." They say she even got to the point in her walk where she actually "loved the Darkness!"

Reportedly Jesus said to her, "Come be My Light," but the "true Christ" would not ask such a thing of His followers--Jesus Christ is the Light, and we need Him to show us the way through this very Dark world!

2 Samuel 22:29 "For Thou art my Lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness."

It was widely reported that Mother Teresa did many wonderful "works," and stood for many worthy causes, but as "current events" reveal she was living a lie, and her "church" is trying to justify her darkened state.

Dates and events are important with the LORD, and considering the recent revelations about her "love for the Darkness" it is intriguing to me that God would lead me to publish my book, "Walking in the True Light," on 5 September 1997, the very day "Mother" Teresa died.

I Am reminded of some statements relative to my concerns about the Catholic Church and its leaders that I hope you will prayerfully consider.

Excerpts from my Proclamation of Faith, dated 8 May 1993:

"...I would also like to clarify who my God’s adversary is: He’s that old Serpent, who is the Devil, and Satan who hates my God and His saints. He is a very powerful foe! He is the second highest power! And He has much authority here on earth.

He can kill! He can steal! He can destroy people’s lives! And that is his primary objective. And his target is God’s people!

You may not be able to see him, but he works in the children of disobedience. So don’t under-estimate his abilities. And don’t think for a minute that he won’t try any way he can to get to you.

He is very sly, wily, crafty, and cunning. And he uses underhanded and calculated methods to secretly introduce his lies and deceptions. And He Can Only Operate in Darkness!

For the most part people do not give Satan credit for many of the things that he does. And he prefers it that way.

He masquerades as a Christian. He pretends he loves the Lord Jesus. He pretends he serves the Lord Jesus. He claims he would die for the Lord Jesus. And he uses unholy men to make these proclamations through the spirit of anti-Christ!

He has deceived many people. And he is working very hard these days because he knows his time is coming to a close very soon. You will know that is true because the world will get more and more wicked as you see the Day approaching..."

David Cloud is also an advocate of the "pre-tribulation" rapture theory, and he likewise uses speculation, and the "doctrines of men" to support his view of this controversial subject, rather than the clear word of God.

Please consider Mr. Cloud's response to Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye's "Left Behind" books currently posted at "Way of Life," Cloud's website. "As entertainment, the books are tolerable; but I believe there is a serious problem with fictionalizing Bible subjects....Though some spiritual good might come from the wide distribution of these books (i.e., the Gospel is clearly presented and Bible prophecy is interpreted literally,) the false doctrine scattered across their pages is cause for concern."

I find it disturbing that Cloud does not totally reject the "Left Behind" books which are directly responsible for much of the doubt, confusion, and lies in regard to the Coming of the LORD and the Resurrection.

The Apostle Paul specifically named those who sought to pervert God's Word and mislead God's people; and the Resurrection was obviously a controversial subject at that time too. Please consider these passages.

2 Timothy 2:14-18 “Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the LORD that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth.

But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; who concerning the Truth have erred, saying that the Resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.”

2 Timothy 4:2-4 "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

The "Left Behind" books are fictional stories with a measure of Truth, and all they have done is cause great division among honest Christians. However, Mr. Cloud does make some interesting observations about the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church that I would like to highlight.

From Cloud's site: "The books depict the Roman Catholic pope as a saved man who is taken away in the Rapture. This encourages the ecumenical movement and its powerful back-to-Rome emphasis... To be saved, the Pope would have to repent of Rome's unscriptural dogmas and idolatry, including the blasphemy of his own office (claiming to be the Vicar of Christ, Holy Father, etc.), and if he were to do that he would no longer be the Pope."

In Cloud's article, "Date Setting and Sign Looking," of 28 October 2003, he states, "We think it is in vain that Bible teachers are looking into today's events for information about the Antichrist or Armageddon--" which in his opinion, "the church-age saints will never see," but it is apparent to me that "Cloud's in the Darkness!"

Of course there are many "prophecy speculators" as Cloud calls them, that are certainly not of God, but that is just another sign of the Times; and to ignore true prophecy is a fatal mistake with grave consequences.

Consider more revealing quotes from Cloud's article mentioned above, which seems to be the prevailing view of so many sincere Christians.

"The Old Testament prophecies about Israel's conversion and glorious kingdom look ahead to the 70th week of Daniel and the second coming of Christ. This present church period is an interlude. The prophetic clock ticked away through the 69 weeks of Daniel 9, which are actually weeks of years, then stopped at Christ's death….

During this present interlude in Bible prophecy, 'the church age' as it is called, Christ is calling out a people for his name from among the heathen. At the end of this period, true Christians will be caught away to Heaven, and the prophetic clock will start again and the final week of Daniel 9, a week of seven years, will be fulfilled. This is also called the Great Tribulation, and is spoken of in Scriptures such as Matthew 24 and Revelation 4-18.

During the Great Tribulation, also called 'the time of Jacob's trouble,' unconverted Israel and the world will undergo great torments--judgments from Heaven and unspeakably horrible wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, and such. The antichrist will make a peace pact with Israel and will rule the entire world....

Christians have an entirely different program from that of the nation Israel. We are never told to look for the fulfillment of Israel's prophecies. Our work is to carry the Gospel to all peoples. That is the great business of the Christian and of the churches...

The Christian can know the general seasons, but we cannot know the time of Christ's return. I don't believe we can know the year. I don't believe we can even know the decade. In fact, we cannot be sure even about the century! THE HOLY SPIRIT IS RESTRAINING THE DEVIL'S PROGRAM IN THE WORLD, AND THIS IS THE MISSING ELEMENT OF PROPHECY WHICH MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO KNOW WHEN CHRIST WILL COME. 2 Thess. 2:6-7 says: 'And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: ONLY HE WHO NOW LETTETH WILL LET, UNTIL HE BE TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY.'

I BELIEVE THESE VERSES SAY THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS RESTRAINING THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY, AND HE WILL RESTRAIN UNTIL HE IS TAKEN UP WITH THE NEW TESTAMENT SAINTS. THUS, EVEN THOUGH SIGNS ARE SEEMINGLY BEING FULFILLED IN PRESENT WORLD EVENTS, WE STILL CANNOT KNOW BY OBSERVING THESE EVENTS WHEN CHRIST WILL RETURN. The Holy Spirit's restraining presence is the missing element. We don't know to what extent He will restrain the events of history. He has the power to slow the devil's program down and to keep things from progressing…

We simply will not know the time of His coming. It will be a surprise. We will not see the Antichrist make his covenant with Israel. We will not see the Antichrist stand in the temple and announce himself as God. We will not see the mark of the Beast forced upon the world. We will not see the great judgments poured out. We will not see the northern power of Ezekiel 38-39 descend upon Israel and be destroyed by God. We will not see the armies of the world congregate in the middle east to stand against Christ at Armageddon. Those events belong to Daniel's 70th week, which is part of Israel's program. Christians have part in another program altogether, and we need to mind our business and make sure that the work of the church is fulfilled.

I fear that there is a lot of time wasted by Christians in the study of current events, and in trying to find prophetic fulfillment in these events..." [Please note the emphasis is mine.]

According to David Cloud's article, "Y2K & Bible Prophesy," he has "no confidence in the opinions of prophecy speculators." He says, "Our job today is not to speculate about current events; it is to get the Gospel to every creature...," but as I reflect on his words I see that he is missing a vital link to the Truth of the Gospel, and he does not have a true "spiritual" understanding of God's word because he is "yet carnal."

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?"

Cloud commits the same mistakes as most "rapture theorists," including Dave Hunt of "The Berean Call." So as to bolster their views, both Hunt and Cloud have used the following quote to try and prove that the early Church supported the Pre-Tribulation Rapture: "For all the saints and Elect of God are gathered, prior to the Tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins" (On the Last Times, the Antichrist, and the End of the World, by Ephraem the Syrian, A.D. 373).

It's as if that "statement" is supposed to seal it for anyone who might have lingering doubts about their "rapture view," but who is Ephraem, the Syrian? And is his word above God's Word? I say absolutely not! God's word is, and always will be, paramount in my view!

The following discourse from Mr. Hunt's website, shows how he has compromised the Truth, and has opened the door for further deception. Please note this Q & A has since been removed from "The Berean Call."

The Berean Call: Q & A - January 2006

"Question: You and Tom both wrote good, factual articles in TBC and did ten radio programs about Rick Warren and The Purpose-Driven Life. Then, at his invitation, you [Dave] attended a pastors conference at Saddleback, and when you returned you seemed to have softened your position. As you know, Warren has had a column in the Ladies’ Home Journal for nearly a year. I have yet to find the gospel in any of them! [Emphasis is mine.]

What he does present is pop psychology exactly like Robert Schuller, yet you say he has broken all ties with Schuller. Here is just one example from his March 2005 column: 'Self-esteem still wobbly...? These five simple truths will show you that you don’t need to be perfect to be priceless....

To truly love yourself, you need to know the five truths that form the basis of a healthy self-image: Accept yourself; Love yourself; Be true to yourself; Forgive yourself; Believe in yourself.”

This is typical of the non-sequiturs Warren offers. He promises five 'truths' but gives five things to do, none of them a truth. This is pop psychology that even numerous secular psychologists and psychiatrists have refuted—and it contradicts the clear teaching of Scripture. Warren’s 'accept...love...be true to...forgive...believe in yourself' blatantly opposes Christ’s 'except a man deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me, he cannot be my disciple' (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23, etc.).

How can you say Warren loves the Lord and has a passion for souls when his actions do not support such a claim? I think many people have been confused by your apparent change from criticizing Rick Warren to apparently supporting him.

Dave Hunt's Answer: Thank you for your concern. Hearing Rick in person and talking with him face to face gave me a different opinion from the one I had formed by reading his books and watching him on video. I would still say that he is a sincere Christian who genuinely desires the salvation of souls. That he so seldom, and then usually only obliquely, presents the gospel is an inexcusable contradiction—but that can be said of many Christian leaders. Joel Osteen has built the largest church in America (30,000 each weekend) by doing the same thing!

Rick’s defenders told me that he wanted to gain the attention and trust of Journal readers before giving them the gospel—but he hasn’t done so. [See Q&A Apr. ’05.] Instead, as you say, he has given them the lies of pop psychology—again inexcusable. He can’t be that ignorant-—certainly not after reading the Bible for years.

I had hoped through personal contact with Rick to help him. That opportunity seems to have passed. His huge success makes any admission of error increasingly difficult.

Rick is not alone in the promotion of psychology’s deadly selfisms. They are now common fare in the church. Nor is he alone (and perhaps not the worst) in partnering with Roman Catholics and promoting AA’s occult 12 Steps. That does not excuse Rick. But shouldn’t we question the commitment to Christ and the gospel on the part of Billy Graham, Chuck Colson, and Bill Bright (all three praised Sir John Marks Templeton and his prize for progress toward the Antichrist’s world religion and failed to give the gospel to the vast and needy audiences when they accepted that prize), J.I. Packer and every other signatory to ECT, [Evangelicals and Catholics Together] Josh McDowell, David Jeremiah, James Dobson, and every Christian psychologist, and all who accept and promote their lies? Sadly, Rick is merely a reflection of the church of today.

I am not excusing Rick Warren. I believe he is a genuine brother who has been led into compromise in order to reach a wider audience—but with what? He seems to be only part of a compromise of biblical truth that has enlisted Christian leaders as never before in history and is playing into Satan’s plan to produce a false church for Antichrist.

In his December 2005 article, Warren encouraged Journal readers to 'offer a taste of God's peace to those who’ve lost hope...by following the example of Jesus.' It was good advice for Christians, but deadly deception for unsaved readers. The Ladies’ Home Journal is one of the ten largest magazines in America with about 14.5 million readers. Millions of women who desperately need the gospel that will take them to heaven were instead treated to Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. plan to improve life on earth: 'Plant faith communities [any ‘faith’ will do whose adherents are willing to follow the plan]; Equip leaders [for earthly secular tasks]; Assist the poor [for a better life on earth]; Care for the sick [but what about the soul?]; Educate the next generation [for this brief life].'

We credit Rick and his wife, Kay, with having tender hearts for the physical needs of the poor, uneducated, and dying, and for good works that put many of us to shame. But we fault them for hiding the gospel from those who need it and who without it will perish for eternity!

Earnestly Contend,

Dave Hunt"

Hunt has said, "It seems that the Lord has greatly blessed and used Rick Warren, and no doubt he is sincere..." but when you consider all Mr. Hunt has posted at his website, The Berean Call, past and present, it reveals his total ambiguity towards this "man of P.E.A.C.E." who has garnered such wide support from so many people all over the world.

From The Berean Call: March 2006 Letters

"Dear Mr. Hunt,

I was deeply shocked at your response to the question about Rick Warren in January's Q&A....Your reply seems almost wishy-washy....If Mr. Warren is really a 'sincere Christian who genuinely desires the salvation of souls,' then why is he not spreading the Gospel...when he has numerous, beautiful opportunities to reach millions?...This nonsense about gaining 'the trust of [Ladies' Home] Journal readers before giving them the gospel' is just that-nonsense. Peter did not wait to gain the trust of the crowd before he presented them with the Gospel in Acts 2 and 3....You call psychology's selfisms 'deadly'...yet Mr. Warren...promotes them. We are supposed to 'hold back those staggering toward the slaughter,' not help them along by feeding them false doctrine!...Granted that he is saved, shouldn't someone go and carry out Matthew 18 with him?...He is endangering people's souls with his teachings-and aren't people's souls all that matter?...If Mr. Warren is teaching false doctrines that...will ultimately lead to their eternal damnation, what is the point in tending to their physical, earthy needs? CR (NJ)"

"Dear Brother Dave,

I appreciate your ministry and enjoy reading TBC....But...after awhile, your newsletter can become like the 'clanging cymbal' [1 Cor 13]. There's an edge to your words that sometimes sounds like a stodgy old man who bats a critical eye at any Christian pastor or ministry that doesn't...agree with you. That's why it was so refreshing to read your reply...regarding Rick Warren in the Jan '06 issue. For the first time, I saw your heart. You acknowledged that Rick was a brother in Christ with a heart for the lost but that you believed he had gotten off course in the midst of his growing popularity. Wow, I was encouraged. You actually critiqued someone from the standpoint of love....As a brother in Christ, I would say the biggest challenge for your ministry is to figure out how to balance "earnestly contending for the faith" with showing forth...the qualities of love (1 Cor 13:4-7). It is possible to critique Rick Warren...and at the same time say, 'But you know, Rick is a brother in Christ with a pastor's heart. The enticement of popularity certainly has to weigh on him and we need to uphold our brother in prayer that he would stand strong in the faith even if it costs him some of his ‘followers'.' SF (NJ)"

I presume Hunt still considers Warren his brother, but due to his inability to see that he is a "false teacher" who unabashedly supports fellow false teachers, such as Eugene Peterson, author of "The Message," shows that his judgment is extremely tainted and cannot be trusted!

After "Walking With The Enemy" for three years,  I learned that not all who say they are Christians actually are, and not all who claim to be "a brother is Christ" actually is, and I Am certain Warren is not my brother.

Hunt's current luke-warm response to Rick Warren is quite indefensible, and he is not earnestly contending for "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints," as he really needs to be.

Jude 1:3-13Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only LORD God, and our LORD Jesus Christ.

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the LORD, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under Darkness unto the Judgment of the Great Day.

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of Eternal Fire.

Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the Devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The LORD rebuke thee.

But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the Blackness of Darkness for ever.”

Dave Hunt ought to be outraged at the "false teachers" who are leading so many of God's people astray, and it is no coincidence that he has been "silenced" after meeting with those who serve the Adversary!

He does not seem to fully understand that Rick Warren is not led by the "true" Christ, but is subject unto a "false-christ!" Hunt even said in so many words, that Warren is "partnering with Roman Catholic's," as he is led by Satan "to produce a false Church for Anti-Christ!"

Hunt, Cloud, and Becker are blind to what is taking place right before their eyes, and instead of preparing people for these Final Days, and the Coming of the LORD, they are a mouth piece for the Enemy! And those who keep on believing as they do are in for some serious consequences.

The errors and miscalculations of others has brought about some of the greatest tragedy's of our day, as demonstrated by the terribly tragic plane crash in Lexington, Kentucky of Flight 5191, at Blue Grass Airport.

God led me to start this article on the very day that tragedy took place, and I had already chosen the title before I heard about the "fatal error" that caused the deaths of the 49 souls who perished that day. It was a very somber confirmation that it was Time to address this vital issue.

It appears that in 1993 another commercial jet at the same airport was cleared for takeoff on Runway 22, but mistakenly took Runway 26 just like Flight 5191. Fortunately for that flight the Control Tower personnel noticed the mistake and cancelled the aircraft's clearance just as the crew also realized their error, and they subsequently made a safe takeoff from Runway 22. Only God knows how many others made the same error, but corrected it at the last minute. And considering the recent tragedy of today, the problem that caused them to make the mistake in the first place had not even been dealt with after 13 years!

The World Trade Center bombing of 26 February 1993, in New York City, was another major warning that went unheeded, and the destruction was completed on 11 September 2001, the Day everything changed.

The year 1993 is also when a major "shake-up" began in the churches, and things are much more serious than before. A misstep can prove fatal in this Day and Age, and we never know when the Final Judgment will come, but it is a Day that we desperately need to be ready for.

Hebrews 12:25-29 "See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from Heaven: Whose Voice then shook the earth: but now He hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also Heaven.

And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire."

For every "natural" occurrence, there is always a "spiritual" explanation, and if Satan is involved, the results will be devastating regardless of whether it is understood by the intended victim. So is the nature of sin in a world full of hurting people dying inside, but not really knowing why.

I understand all too well the consequences of being led into deception, and how distressing it is to find out you are wrong, when you thought you were so right. It is especially egregious when it pertains to eternal matters, but Satan and those who hate God, will receive a just reward for all they have said and done against God and His people.

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 "Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you who are troubled rest with us, when the LORD Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the LORD, and from the glory of His power; when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our Testimony among you was believed) in that Day."

God knew His people would be vulnerable to the lying schemes of Satan, and that many would fall into his trap, especially in these Final Days; but praise God, He made a way of escape for those willing to take it.

Hebrews 12:1-14, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the Throne of God.

For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the LORD, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him:

For whom the LORD loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of Spirits, and live?

For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His Holiness.

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the LORD:"

"Pre-Tribulation Rapture" advocates use Revelation 3:7-13 to support the belief that they will not be here during "the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world to try them that dwell upon the earth;" however, if you study the original language of that passage it says nothing about being removed from this earth, but that God would guard and protect those who faithfully kept His word.

Do you live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God? Are you ready for the Great White Throne of Judgment, when the Books will be opened that contain all of your works to be examined? Are you absolutely certain that your name is in the Book of Life?

God demands our complete allegiance, and He knows if your faith in the LORD Jesus Christ is true. I ask you, do you really know Him? Are you able to hear His wonderful Voice? Do you faithfully obey Him? Or are you believing lies in place of the Truth?

There are some things about God's word we cannot be too dogmatic about because there are many factors involved that we don't know yet. I readily admit I don't know exactly how everything will play out, but God has given me an understanding about many things, and Jesus has said that we need to be prepared for whatever may come.

God's Truth will prevail, whether we understand all of it or not, but the Devil wants God's people to be totally unprepared, and he would love for the Coming of the LORD to overwhelm us as in a flood, or to over-take us like a "thief in the night," but not so with the LORD--He desires for us to walk closely with Him so we will be ready for that Day.

I was asked a very intriguing question in response to this article when it was first published at my site on 20 October 2006. The question was, "Right now, I have one question for you: please relate what your role will be at the Great White Throne Judgment. I have seen several references to this event in your writings."

It is difficult for me to emphatically state what will happen after death, but based on the understanding that God has put in my heart, I believe that when a person dies, and depending on their relationship with God, they will either go to Heaven, Hell, or the grave.

However, not until after the Devil has been cast into the Lake of Fire, and heaven and earth has fled away before the presence of God will the Great White Throne appear, and then those who "sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt." (See Daniel 12:2 & I Thessalonians 4:14-18)

"The Final Judgment" is when all men will give an account of their lives before the One who sits upon the Throne, and will receive a reward for what they did on this earth, whether it be good or whether it be evil.

And for those whose names are not found written in the "Book of Life," they will join the Devil and his angels; but for those whose names are inscribed in the "Book of Life," they will live forever in Heaven.

There's another dimension to the Great White Throne that is important to see. The true saints of God who "hath part in the first resurrection" and "overcame" the lies of the Wicked One "by the blood of the Lamb," and by the word of their Testimony, will be standing right beside the glorious One as a "pillar in His Temple" on that great and dreadful Day of the LORD, and will remain in His presence forever.

Of course, it is solely dependent upon God as to what my future holds, and what my role in Heaven will be, but I hope to have a place in God's Throne Room. Nonetheless, I Am content with whatever God has for me. Just being apart of His glorious Kingdom is joy enough!

We must keep in mind that Satan greatly desires to destroy all that God has planned, and these verses explain how he has been able to misled so many regarding the coming of the LORD, and the end of the world.

Matthew 13:24-30 "Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his Enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An Enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the Harvest: and in the Time of Harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."

Matthew 13:36-43 "Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom; but the tares are the children of the Wicked One;

The Enemy that sowed them is the Devil; the Harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the Righteous shine forth as the Sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."

According to God's Word, the "children of the Wicked One" are the ones who are first "gathered and burned in the fire," which is quite contrary to what is taught by the "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" advocates.

One thing that is very certain, on the Final Judgment Day, this wicked world will certainly pass away "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." (1 Corinthians 15:52) And if your affections are set on the things of this earth, rather than on the things above, you will be greatly ashamed when you meet the LORD face to face on that Day!

Only those who are willing to give their lives for the cause of Christ will be granted the great privilege and honor to be a permanent member in the Throne Room of God, and I hope if I Am ever put to the ultimate test that I will fulfill the call. As God has said, "Many are called, but few are chosen," and I would love to be among the "chosen few."

As I mentioned above, there are many factors we just don't know yet, and sometimes we won't understand until it comes to pass. God meant it that way, so that the Wicked One would not fully know His plan.

The following passages from the Holy Scriptures were written long ago, but they are actually more relevant Today than they were yesterday, and only through God can we truly understand their link to the future.

Daniel 4b-10 "many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my LORD, what shall be the end of these things? And He said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of The End.

Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand."

Revelation 6:9-11 "And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the Testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O LORD, holy and true, dost Thou not Judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."

Revelation 20:4-6 "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and Judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years."

Revelation 20:10-15 "And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

And I saw a Great White Throne, and Him that sat on it, from Whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another Book was opened, which is the Book of Life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and Death and Hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

And Death and Hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the Second Death. And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire."

Lets suppose you still believe that you will never face the anti-Christ, because you are sure you will be "raptured" before that dreadful Time; but what if it becomes mandatory that in order to buy or sell you must have a micro-chip implanted into your hand or your forehead with your personal information on it? And if you don't comply, you die?

That will be your moment of Truth, and you will finally realize that you have been involved in the greatest deception of the Ages! That is, if you are a true Christian, and your name is written in the Book of Life. Otherwise, you will just take the "mark," and continue on your way down the well traveled road that leads to death, Hell, and destruction.

This reminds me of the Sago Mine Disaster, of 2 January 2006, when the families were initially told that all but one man survived, but the reality was that twelve coal miners died, and there was only one survivor.

I remember how enraged some of the people became when they found out that their loved ones were dead, after being told they were alive. And even though the message did not originate from an official source, at that point it really didn't matter who told the lie. Those poor souls were in such misery when they realized it was all a terrible mistake!

How much more the anguish if someone was to find out at the gates of Heaven that they are not allowed in, when all along they really believed that they would be?! Even worse, what about the endless agony they will experience when they realize it could have been prevented had they only believed the Truth when it was presented to them?!

False teachers, liars, hypocrites, corrupters of God's Word, and all who belong to counterfeit religions will be among that number of lost and rejected souls that will be denied entry into God's Kingdom; and only those who truly love God and obey the Gospel will be granted access.

Cloud and many other "misguided" souls have predicted "the next global event on the prophetic timetable is the Rapture," but according to God's word and what He has said to me, I believe that is "false prophecy."

I also used to believe the lie that it really didn't matter what our views were on the "Rapture," because the truth would eventually come out; but after much prayerful study on this topic, I see that it is imperative to expose the "fatal error" of this false teaching while there is still time.

If you remain in the Dark, you will never come to the Light. And only by Walking in the "True Light" can you genuinely know the Truth! And the most important question of the hour is: Do you truly love the Truth?

Please seriously consider the dire consequences of rejecting the Truth, and realize that sin is the doorway into the Darkness, and sin of any kind will surely obscure your view of the Truth.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

After doing an in-depth study of the "rapture," I discovered that the word "might" in the above verses are not even in the original language, and this is how it reads "word for word" from the Greek text.

My Greek View of 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 "And with all deceivableness of the unrighteousness in them that perish, because the love of the Truth not received, that they be saved therewith.

And for this cause therefore, shall send to them of God, strong delusion to those that believe they that lie, so that damned be all who do not believe the Truth, but officially sanction, approve, or authorize the injustice."

It has been said that once you have the "knowledge," then you will be held accountable for what you heard, but according to God's Holy Word, if you call yourself a man or woman of God, you are already accountable for every word that has proceeded from the mouth of God.

God's word has been written, His beloved Son lived it out, and those who are "born again" have been given His Holy Spirit. Thus, there is no excuse for not doing God's will; yet regretfully many will perish for lack of knowledge, not only because they believed the lies of man, but also because they fell into the trap of the Wicked One.

At the "Appointed Time," according to God's prophetic word, Satan will finally be put down; but before then, those who hate My Real Father and His Son, will come to world-wide power, and the Bishop of Rome will demand complete allegiance..., but praise God, it is only for a Season!

One final note from my Testimony of Walking With The Enemy:

"Most people don't acknowledge God or give Him credit for what He does either. You may not be able to see Him, but He works in the children of obedience. So don't under-estimate His power and abilities either.

And don't think for a minute that He won't save those who truly love and belong to Him. He is very loving, kind, gentle, compassionate, merciful, and so forgiving. He is truly an awesome God!

He uses honesty, sincerity, and Truth to present Himself to us. And there is only One Way that He can come into your life. That Doorway is Yeshua HaMashiach--Jesus, the Christ!

And He can only operate in the Light!" The "True Light" that is!

Satan is the great deceiver who wants to lead men into the Darkness, so that he can ultimately lead them to the Lake of Fire for all eternity! And I pray it's not too late for those who have gotten off the intended path and have lost sight of the LORD. It is my sincere hope and prayer that one day Cloud, Hunt, and Becker will see the Truth, and love it!

I invite you to read "My Rapture View, which dispels more of the lies spoken in the name of the LORD. And if you are one who is willing to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints," I hope you will join me in this "war of words."

If you believe that you can pick and choose which books of the Bible apply to the Church, as Cloud and others have done with Revelation and the book of Matthew, you need to seriously consider what God says.

Proverbs 30:5-6 "Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."

When you really scrutinize Cloud's arguments in Light of the Scriptures, many of his opinions on the "Rapture" are based on "doctrines of men," whereby they have "added to" God's Word to justify their position.

Moreover, there are those who use the final passage from the Book of Revelation to say that God cannot speak to His people Today, but that is another cleverly devised lie to keep God's people from the Truth.

Prayerfully consider the first and last passage from the Final book in the Bible which is very comforting to those who know and love the Truth, but a very serious admonition for those who "add to" or "take away" from the "prophecies" that were written in this book of Revelation, that God asked His servant John to write down and send to the churches.

Revelation 22:7, 18-21 "Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the Prophecy of this Book...

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the Prophecy of this Book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this Book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the Book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this Book.

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, LORD Jesus.

The grace of our LORD Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."

 

Addendum to "The Fatal Error"

10 August 2008 / 9 AV 5768

Tonight begins the commemoration of Tisha B'Av, the day which has been called the saddest day in Jewish History. It is a very solemn day for many religious Jews, and according to tradition, both of the Jewish Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed on the 9th Day of Av!

Reportedly, the first one was burned by a Babylonian general during Nebuchadnezzar’s reign in the year 586 BC, and the second Temple was completely destroyed by the Romans under the command of Titus during the Jewish revolt in 70 AD.

These magnificent buildings represented God’s presence in the midst of His chosen people; and because the destruction of these Holy sites were to have occurred on this day, the 9th Day of Av is justifiably a day of great mourning for all who memorialize this day.

We no longer need man-made buildings to experience the presence of Almighty God in our lives, and if you allow the LORD to purify your heart, He may choose to make His habitation with you!

But it can only happen through Emmanuel, the Messiah—the Holy One of Israel! And in order for God to cleanse and forgive you of your sins, you must accept the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ, when God gave His only begotten Son for the "sin" of this world, and raised Him from the dead.

We are at a turning point in the war between God and the Devil, and it won’t be long before Death will finally be swallowed up in Victory! Praise the precious and mighty name of Yeshua HaMashiach, the LORD Jesus Christ, the true "Anointed One!"

The coming of the LORD has indeed inflicted a most serious and fatal blow to the Enemy; and by God’s direction, the Testimony of Jesus will be the contributing factor in the downfall of Satan’s Kingdom.

1 Corinthians 15:51-58 "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the Last Trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the LORD, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the LORD."

 

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